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The Crusher

by ABColonelPanic



Date Published

Feb. 4, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.412 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.848 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


First personal PC and I wanted to go all-out, fulfill childhood dreams etc. This thing is currently hooked up to a 1080p monitor and it crushes everything on max settings, no questions asked. I mean totally obliterates. Over 200 fps steady on source games like TF2. Over 80 FPS in GTA V, it's nuts. Some notes:

This cooler keeps my 6600K under 60ºC under full load at 4.2GHz. I considered getting a 240mm radiator, but it is not necessary. If anything, I would recommend water-cooling your GPU before your CPU. Speaking of which:

The GPU is the "LE" version of this card which is why it seems like such a good deal. It is the reference clock with the MSI cooler, and overclocking it to the MSI overclock on the standard card was one of the easiest $40 I ever saved in my life. If you disagree you can come fight me IRL. This card is unstoppable.

The case looks great but it is difficult to hide your cable hive 100%. The case cables are twice as long as they need to be, and there is very little space to tuck extra slack away. Having said that, you can get all your main cables routed very neatly. All said, I'm happy with my component selctions.

Part Reviews


Easily overclocked to 4.2GHz and completely crushes anything I throw at it.

3DMark - 15608 - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7437047

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 4.2GHz 6600K under 60ºC no matter what. Can't complain about that.


Works as advertised. Ports have a solid feel to them. BIOS interface is intuitive and make overclocking easy. Settings are easy to find.


What's to say? Works as advertised.


Use this in my gaming rig, zero complaints. Boots in just a few seconds. Works as advertised.

Video Card

This is the LE version of this card which doesnt come with any overclock from the factory. I was easily able to overclock it past MSI's standard OC making this a great value.

This card will crush absolutely anything at 1080p. You cant slow it down.

3dMark - 15608 - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7437047


Great cube case with plenty of room for your hardware. Cable management can be a bit tricky. I ended up with a cable knot that is a bit tricky to conceal, especially since the cables for the case hardware are twice as long as they need to be. Overall great case with excellent ventilation.

Power Supply

Great value for a gold modular PS. Only includes a SATA daisy-chain cable with 4 angled plugs that dont fit/arent needed for my single-drive build. Otherwise, serves it's purpose.

Comments Sorted by:

KoolPuff444 1 Build 5 points 38 months ago

+1 for 6600k

DaRealChrispy 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

Beautiful red and black build! Try some LED strips in the future for awesomeness. +1

itstan 1 point 7 months ago

May get too tacky. I'd do more subtle customizing, like spray paint the mobo tray red.

Red_Eagle 2 points 38 months ago

Ahhhh I'm so jealous mate, I can't run Rust for 30 minutes before my GTX 460 Dual SLI crashes. +2 for build -1 for massive jealousy

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

I posted my build just a little bit before you... we've got very similar specs.

I totally sympathize with you about the cable management for this case, it's basically nonexistent.

Anyway, very nice build! I'm sure it's a great performer.

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 2 points 38 months ago

I kinda think I love this build!

bart954 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Almost identical!!! Mine will be running on a 55' Samsung UHD tv, Because I bought the tv and my current setup literally got cut down to 1/4 of the performance. So I got started researching and this GPU-CPU will be more than formidable for awhile. Here is my parts only waiting for my OS and GPU have to save up a bit more but will be posting when it is complete. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/bart954/saved/#view=rB9MnQ........ Awesome build man you read my mind!!!

Wtrain 2 points 38 months ago

This is one seriously cool little system with the micro atx - I'm in love with it.

LordEbola 1 point 38 months ago

Great job! I would remove some points for the cable management as it looks messy from your pictures but I totally understand you did your best with that case, I never worked in it so I couldn't judge. Good touch on that corsair fan on the push-pull, love the red accent ;)

ComputerBubbles 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Why would you say to watercool your GPU before CPU? Many aftermarket coolers on graphics cards can compete with the watercooled equivalent. While with cpu coolers some people do not have the space for a huge air cooler when there are smaller and better performing watercoolers.

ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

My thinking is my graphics card plays a bigger role in benchmarks than the cpu, so the enhanced cooling would be better used there first. Right now I can't OC my gpu further because of cooling limitations while my cpu never breaks 60° even under load.

Mucky_Pup 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I like this one. And the cost seems really low for some reason. I may have to steal it for my next build!


ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The 6600K I got with Jet.com's $50 off deal they do from time to time. Took a month to ship though...

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I find it funny that the website name is jet, but the shipping is slower than a 200 year old tortoise carrying a Russian super-elephant.

bart954 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Also got a question for you, I want to orient my Mobo vertical as in a normal build config. Do you know what you have to do to achieve this? I've had my case apart 2wice trying to see what I'm doing wrong, I basically want to order 2 more window panels and make it a light show with my Hue+.

ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

You take all panels off including the bottom, rotate the frame 90º, then bolt the panels back on. The logo on the front comes off and rotates, and the power button can be moved.

bart954 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

ahhh I see thanks a lot!!!! cant believe how similar our builds are I cant wait!!. I've been currently on an fx6300 OC to 4.5 and a EVGA 760 SC 4 gig it will run most games @1080 w/decent settings but 4K is another world. Thanks for the help man!!!.

diddy225 1 point 38 months ago

Could you complete this same build with ATX Case?

ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I dont see why not.

NickDim 1 point 37 months ago

+1 for the profile picture. I LOVE TF2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kimistry 1 point 37 months ago

Love this build. I decided to base my build off of yours.

Questions: 1) The Thermatake case came with 2 standoff screws, but do you need them since there are already punched stands? 2) Where did you mount your 2.5 SSD? Under the motherboard or off to the side?

Thanks for the inspiration!

kimistry 1 point 37 months ago

Also, from the manual, I believe you're supposed to mount the radiator with the hoses on the bottom, not on top. Here's another link that corroborates that setup:


ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

My SSD is under the MB. The case has sidemounts but I wanted as much to be out of sight as possible. EDIT: it is sidemounted in these pictures, but I have moved it to the bottom. I have a 2.5" HD down there with it as well now.

I didnt need to use any standoff screws. The case's stands were sufficient. Post pics once it's together!

obsoletelogic4780 1 point 35 months ago

Just wondering where you got the matching red and black cables? I'm planning on doing almost the exact same build (1070 or 970).

The core v21 looks so cool as a case

ABColonelPanic submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Amazon! Search Silverstone Tek Extension Power Supply Cable.

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